Explosion hits bus terminal in Zamboanga, 3 dead

(UPDATED) Those who died were a conductor and 2 washers at Biel Transport Company. A bus driver was injured.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – An explosion hit a bus terminal here close to evening Friday, September 20, leaving three people dead and one injured.

According to initial police reports, the explosion occured at 5:55 pm at the terminal of Biel Transport Company in Barangay Labuan, a coastal village 36 kilometers west of the city’s commercial center.

“An alleged improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at the bus of Biel Transit Bus No. 2871 bearing plate number JAW 651 while parked at the storage of the said transit at barangay Labuan, this city,” reads a police situation report.

Killed were:

  • Meliton Orquiho, conductor
  • Aleson Saavedra, washer
  • Hudson Guinilac, washer

Bus driver Doming de Jesus, 63, was wounded.

The responding policemen from the Labuan station have cordoned off the area.

As of posting, authorities were also checking out another suspected explosive device reportedly found at a Petron gas station on Gov. Lim Avenue.

Zamboanga City has been in a conflict for 12th days, after rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front initially seized 4 barangays and have since been fighting it out with government forces.

Labuan is outside the battle zone. — with Richard Falcatan and Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com





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